The University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop will host a reading by poets Derrick Harriell and Sara Slaughter at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the UNO Lakeside Campus, Liberal Arts Building, Room 197. The reading will be followed by a Q&A, booksigning, and brief reception.
Derrick Harriell was born and raised in Milwaukee but currently resides in Oxford, Mississippi, where he teaches in the English and African American Studies programs at the University of Mississippi. His first collection of poems, Cotton, traces his southern familial roots. His most recent collection, Ropes, won the 2014 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Book Award and is steeped in a historical conversation between heralded African-American prizefighters Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, and Mike Tyson. His forthcoming collection, Stripper in Wonderland, will be published by LSU Press in spring 2017. Harriell’s poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including The Cream City Review, Blackbird, and Callaloo.
Sara Slaughter, co-director of Room 220, lives in New Orleans where she teaches Creative Writing at Lusher Charter School. Her work has recently appeared in New World Writing, The Cortland Review, and PANK. Her first chapbook, Upriver, was published in 2014 by Press Street Press.
This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers.